The British & Irish Lions are something pretty special. To those familiar with the history of world rugby, I know I speak to the converted when succumbing to the seductive nature of the Lions in South Africa. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
To those who may not be quite as versed in the significance of the Lions, next year’s eight-event rugby carnival in South Africa can’t come soon enough.
If you don’t make it to the stadiums or the fan villages, then just get in front of your television. If you love an occasion, then you are going to get eight of them. If sport is your thing, then the Lions has to be your thing.
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My first stadium experience of the Lions was on the 31st of May, 1980 at Newlands. I’d read about the Lions, been awed by the results of the 1974 squad and had a vague recollection of seeing newspaper imagery of the men in red that looked like Wales at first glance but had different socks.
The Lions in 1980 was the first full rugby tour to South Africa that I could appreciate. I had been fortunate to watch my hero Robbie Blair kick Western Province to victory against the All Blacks at Newlands in 1976. Blair had uncharacteristically missed several penalties kicks that afternoon but he nailed the only one that mattered with a last-minute touchline conversion.
I’d also got to see the 1976 All Blacks play at the old Goodwood Showgrounds against the Federation XV. I recall the excitement of those matches, but the anticipation of the Lions against the Springboks at Newlands in 1980 was a very new experience.
I’d also get to see two of my favorite South African rugby players combine in a national jersey, when traditionally they had been the greatest of foes playing for Western Province and Northern Transvaal respectively. I’d willed Rob Louw to chase down Naas Botha so many times and for Nasty to put the boot into any team but Western Province. Now I was cheering them on, even if my father was firmly on the side of the Lions.
I always felt there was a part of me that could never lose when the Boks played the All Blacks or the British & Irish Lions. My mom was Kiwi, of Maori heritage and my father was born in England, of Irish heritage.
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